I am the senior pastor at Grand St Church in Albany, New York.
Posted 5/14/12 at 1:32 PM | Peter Mattice
This is something every parent needs to see about teens and porn.
Posted 5/14/12 at 10:25 AM | Peter Mattice
Here we are almost halfway through 2012 and other then me and a couple of other bloggers it is dead quiet about the 20 12 prophesy.
Last year this is all we heard of everywhere you turned the news, bloggers even Hollywood made a movie called 2012 .
Half way through the year and almost nothing about it. Where people scared away because Harold Camping failed with his end of the world prophesy twice.
Have people grown tired of hearing it. Or are we just in wait and see mode. Reminds me of the hype the y2k thing had. Everybody even the top computer scientists were convinced all the computers would shut down in 2000. They told you to take your money out of banks because the atms wouldn’t work anymore. Your computers would shut down. Microsoft rushed y2k bug fixes out to save your computers from crashing and burning.
There would be chaos in the streets once everything shut off. so on new year’s eve 1999 as we watched the big drop in new York. As we watched the 2000 come in we waited. And then it happened FULL POST
Posted 5/12/12 at 10:23 AM | Peter Mattice
Almost every day it seems more people are divorcing .celebrities and role models.
The latest is wwe superstar john cena who is divorcing his high school sweetheart, reason for divorce their marriage is broken.
Correct me if I am wrong but when something is broken don’t you try to fix it before you go and replace it?
What happened to the part of the marriage vows that said in sickness and in health for richer and poorer until death do us part?
It seems like marriage is more like a job then a lifetime commitment. If you don’t like how things are working in your marriage you just quit and look for something else .
The top 10 reasons people divorce are
1. Lack of commitment towards marriage, sexual incompatibility and infidelity
Commitment may be lacking in one of the partners because marriage happens not always out of love. It could be seen as making a good deal and when it is found that the deal is not what he or she expected divorce happens. Besides, people looking for quick solutions cannot sustain marriage for long.
Philandering habits die hard and this leads to infidelity. People with uncontrollable libido or unhappy with his or her partner cannot be loyal to their partners. So when the wife or husband comes to know of his or her partner cheating on him or her divorce turns out to be the answer. The question that arises is when to divorce. FULL POST
Posted 5/11/12 at 10:20 AM | Peter Mattice
In many countries around the world, including India, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, as a day for honoring mothers. Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece, which were organized in the honor of Rhea, the wife of Cronus and the Mother of the Gods and Goddesses. In Rome, the celebration of this day was dedicated to Cybele, another Mother Goddess; with the ceremony in her honor beginning somewhere around 250 years before Christ was born.
The Roman celebration was known as Hilaria and it lasted for three days, at a stretch. According to another belief, the ceremonies in honor of Cybele were adopted by the early church to venerate the Mother of Christ, Mary. It is also believed that the Mother Church was substituted for Mother Goddess and custom of people visiting the church of his/her baptism, on the day, came into being. People used to attend the mother church of their parish, laden with offerings.
England’s Mothering Sunday FULL POST
Posted 5/10/12 at 10:25 AM | Peter Mattice
The term for “pastor” in the New Testament is synonymous with the word “shepherd,” “elder,” “Overseer,” and “Bishop.” The term means “to have spiritual authority over the church body.” In every case that the word is used in the New Testament it refers to male leadership. God has ordained that the leadership of His church is to be male. This does not mean that women do not have a place in ministry in the church. Women have always held an important place in ministry starting with the ministry of Jesus.
In Luke 8:1-3, women participated with the disciples in public ministry with Jesus. They gave witness to the resurrection as the Lord Jesus commanded the women in Matthew 28:1-10. They participated in the establishment of the Church as the Holy spirit filled all of the believers in Acts 2, and as a result they announced the great things that God had done. The growing church in the book of Acts modeled the fulfillment of prophecy that His Spirit would be poured out on all people, men and women, old and young, to tell forth God’s message (Acts 2:15-18). Other examples of women involved in ministry include the daughters of Philip who prophesied (Acts 21:9); Dorcas who served (Acts 9:39-41); Lydia who opened her heart and home (Acts 16:40); Priscilla who taught Apollos (Acts 18:24-28); and Phoebe who the apostle Paul addressed as a servant, minister, or deacon (Romans 16:1-2). FULL POST
Posted 5/9/12 at 10:17 AM | Peter Mattice
Before I start this post i know there will be people who will disagree and wan to post nasty comments about this. Save it. if you disagree with what I am about to say please move on to the next post.
Now for the rest of us. I saw a story on CNN about children posting videos on you tube asking people to vote on they were pretty or ugly. What do you have such low self-esteem that you need to post videos on you tube to get reaffirmation from people on the internet?
To those children I say this get up from your computer go get a mirror look in the mirror ask yourself am I pretty. Answer yourself and say yes I am. Then you have your answer.
And why would any teenage girl would look in a magazine and say I have to look like that . why,
Don’t you know number 1 the girls in those magazines are either Photoshop which can make Frankenstein look like Cyndi Crawford or 2 they are wearing some much make up that it looks like they a paint brush and went to town. Take their 15 layers of make-up off and see what they look like naturally . FULL POST
Posted 5/8/12 at 10:29 AM | Peter Mattice
It is customary to tip your waiter 10 % when you go to dinner. It is also customary to tithe your pastor 1/10 of your income but really how many people tithe 10% of their income at church?
A question I get all the time is should we tithe off our gross or net income. The Bible doesn’t specify.
The tithe is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the law in which all Israelites were to give 10% of everything they earned—or the crops and animals they grew—to the Tabernacle / Temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). Believers in Christ are not commanded to give 10% of their income. Each and every Christian should diligently pray and seek God’s wisdom as to how much he or she should give (James 1:5). Many people believe that the Old Testament tithe is a good principle for believers to follow. Giving 10% of your income back to God demonstrates your thankfulness to Him for what He has provided and helps you to remember to rely on God instead of on riches. FULL POST
Posted 5/7/12 at 4:33 PM | Peter Mattice
By Pastor Peter Mattice
The Bible does not specifically address a Christian having plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery. There is nothing in the Bible to indicate that plastic surgery is, in and of itself, wrong. However, there are several things that one needs to consider before deciding whether or not to undergo these procedures. Altering one's body is unnatural, and there are always risks of potential side effects, both physical and psychological. No one should allow himself to be put “under the knife” without first thoroughly researching all alternatives, risks, and side effects involved with the surgery. A person also needs to fully identify his or her motivation for desiring the surgery. For many with physical deformities—whether genetic or acquired—it is natural to want to fit into society and feel “normal.” There are also cases of slight abnormalities that would cause someone to feel very uncomfortable with himself, such as a very large or misshapen nose. But many, if not most, plastic surgeries are attempts to meet emotional voids in physical ways, to attract attention, or to seek approval from others. FULL POST